Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Gerrit Smith (17971874)
Libertyprecious boon of Heavenis meek and reasonable. She admits, that she belongs to allto the high and the low; the rich and the poor; the black and the whiteand, that she belongs to them all equally . But true liberty acknowledges and defends the equal rights of all men, and all nations.
Representative GERRIT SMITH, remarks in the House, June 27, 1854, Congressional Globe, vol. 23, Appendix, p. 1016.